A South Australian family has been rocked by “tragedy” after a father and grandmother died in a road collision that has also left the man’s teenage son fighting for his life.
Emergency services rushed to the scene along Augusta Highway, about two kilometres south of Mudge Road, in Baroota after the Holden ute left the road at about 3.40pm on Wednesday and crashed into a tree.
The 40-year-old driver and his mother, 61, who was in the front passenger seat, died at the scene.
The man’s 14-year-old son sustained critical injuries while his 11-year-old boy remains in a stable condition.
The two young passengers were taken to the Port Pirie Hospital, then flown to the Royal Adelaide Hospital for treatment.
A portion of the road was closed for some time but has since been reopened.
Traffic Services Branch officer in charge, Superintendent Bob Gray, said the incident involving the family from Whyalla Norrie was “a tragedy” that would “devastate” the children, who will now grow up without their father and grandmother.
He said the family was driving to Port Pirie to pick up a birthday present.
“That’s very sad and catastrophic … A wife has lost her husband, mother-in-law and has two of her children seriously injured,” Superintendent Gray told reporters on Thursday.
He said people often look at the road toll just as a figure and don’t properly reflect on what it actually means.
“For people seriously injured on the roads or people who lose their lives, the consequences for their family, friends and communities can be lifelong and I ask people to consider that before they act recklessly on our roads.”
As SA Police continue to investigate the crash, Superintendent Gray said the 11-year-old boy would be a part of that process, but said officers had not yet spoken to him because of his condition.
Anyone with information or who may have seen the crash is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
The two deaths bring the state’s road toll to 60, compared to 55 at the same time last year.